Wednesday, January 05, 2011


I was going to say that inspiration comes from unlikely places but actually, Elle Deco is often a source of inspiration for me. A random shape here and there and especially the colour palettes. I can get a whole project from colour palettes.

I saw these boxes when I was designing my Fresh & Juicy print and they jumped out at me.

I started with white boxes on a grey background, then, inspired by this I started layering colour and texture.

When I removed the background, I loved how the colours really popped and glowed. Now it's just knowing when to stop. I think I like it as it is.

This is the kind of thing I love to work on, these abstract shapes and colours, knowing it's never going to be a top seller but I think I will make a print just to please myself!

Playtime is also coming on, I'm going to the timber merchant today so I'll hopefully have something to show you soon.


  1. I like it as it is, too! Interesting to 'see' your inspiration at work! I love Elle Deco :)

  2. I love it, Francesca! They really do 'pop'! Loved reading your process too. Kx

    p.s. very excited about Playtime :)

  3. Fascinating to see the thought process!

  4. Love them and so interesting to see your creative process. And thank you for your thoughtful comment, it has given me lots to think about. Laura x

  5. Oh I love it... and thanks for showing us the process, very cool :)

  6. So nice! The colours make me think of Octons which you tipped me about and which we now have double sets of :-)) Both Ellis and I love them so thanks so much for that tip!

    And thanks for your comment on my last blog post (for now..) Of course I will stop by your blog even if mine is put on hold - I have you on my rss feed, by the way :-)

  7. Its really funny you should say that but when I was doing my print related degree I had a stack of old Elle Decors and I used to browse them for inspiration and found loads. I'd forgotten all about them until now. Lord knows what i did with them. They were brillz.

    Your image is really great. I love boxes and order slightly deranged. They look like monoprints, rolled sweeps of ink. Quite letterpress ish? Would like to see a series. Or an animation...I can sense the need to shut up now


  8. Happy New Year to you :-))
    I LOVE this process you are sharing - thank you. And I love these pieces - they are simply gorgeous!

  9. I really, really like this. Such lovely textures. It's interesting to see how you got to this stage too. I would definitely like to see it as a print. Yes. Good work, I say! x

  10. p.s. sorry I haven't emailed about the paper yet...I'm just catching up now!

  11. thanks for all the lovely comments. i had this print in my head for a while, actually i had two separate prints in my head; the white boxes and one based on my new vintage blocks, so they kind merged together.
    louise, yes you like the same things as me, the wonkiness and the feel of traditional printing, i wish it was a monoprint. and i would like to do some more.

    kerry, no worries, i know you've been off sick! you must have a lot of catching up to do.

    i like showing how i work, my inspiration is so random and haphazard, and a lot things end up completely different to how they began.

  12. What a great show and tell. I could read blog posts like this all day!

  13. Lovely! They remind me of Cuisenaire Rods. Gorgeous colours, the red really pops. Happy New Year to you! xx

  14. I really like this print, there's a movement in it and it feels unfinished. I love open ends. (And indeed, the thought-process is great to see!)


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